Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today said the state government has already sanctioned Rs 30 crore to solve drinking water problem in the temple town of Tirupati. Addressing a public meeting here after participating in Praja Patham programme, the Chief Minister said the government was taking all necessary steps to solve drinking problme in the state, mainly in rurual areas, and the government had already called for tenders for the different water works being taken up in the temple town. The government was not deviating any welfare schemes adopted in 2004, the Chief Minister said, adding about 26,000 villages across the State had been facing drinking water problem and steps were being taken to solve it.
The Praja Patham programme had been aimed primarily to solve the problems related to agriculture, irrigation and health, the Chief Minister said. Presently, the temple town had been getting supplies of three crore litres per day from the Khandaleru Reservoir and efforts were on to augment the supply to six crore litres per day, he added.
The government was also planning to introduce insurance scheme for those who work in unorganised sector, the Chief Minister said. The Chief Minister assured that the number of Antyodaya Cards would be increased to help the people living Below Poverty Line (BPL) and approved 15,000 new gas connections for Tirupati.
The government had sanctioned Rs 147 crore for the development of various works, in the temple town, he said. Listing out various welfare schemes being implemented by his government in the State, Mr Reddy said this year the government had earmarked Rs 5,250 crore towards scholarships for students.
He assured that the government would ensure the funds meant for the welfare of Scheduled Castes and Tribes were not diverted. Among those who attended in the programme were Rajya Sabha MP and former Tirupati MLA K Chiranjeevi, Ministers – Galla Aruna Kumari, N Raghuveera Reddy and C Ramchandraiah, Tirupati MP Chinta Mohan, MLAs and senior officials.